The Cruz Velacuy or Vigil of the Cross is celebrated every May 2 since the Seventeenth Century.
Formerly, the Crosses were placed in sacred Andean places as instruments of conversion to Christianity. It is since then that families, neighborhoods, and institutions organize an intimate vigil or evening, which is accompanied by musical groups, with typical instruments to make people celebrate with joy.
The "carguyoq" or "mayordomos" are in charge of preparing dishes that will be tasted by the guests. In the same way, you cannot miss the punches that help to withstand the intense cold of the Cusco night. On the other hand, candles of all sizes and colors adorn the altar where the Cross is placed.
(By Jose Ignacio Ferro, Cusco, May 2021)
Central day of the celebration.
The devotees carry the crosses to the Church of Paucartambo to participate in the mass and then with the procession. At the end of the morning, the crosses are moved back to their original places.